So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Friday, October 9, 2015

Say what? Chaput, Laham, Derocher, Napier, Rosica and Erdo.

Not all attending the Synod think (sentire cum ecclesia) with the Church. Spot the exception, find the heterodox.
1. Archbishop Chaput (USA): The transformative power of grace.
The work of this synod needs to show much more confidence in the Word of God, the transformative power of grace, and the ability of people to actually live what the Church believes. And it should honor the heroism of abandoned spouses who remain faithful to their vows and the teaching of the Church.
We need to call people to perseverance in grace and to trust in the greatness God intended for them — not confirm them in their errors. Marriage embodies Christian hope – hope made flesh and sealed permanently in the love of a man and a woman.
This synod needs to preach that truth more clearly with the radical passion of the Cross and Resurrection.—
2. His Beatitude Gregory III Laham (Greek-Melkite Patriarch of Antioch, SYRIA): The Sacrament of Matrimony.

"One should always speak of the "sacrament of matrimony" and not "marriage". To show the spiritual beauty of marriage. To assist spouses one must show them the unchangeable, spiritual vision of matrimony. Many times we are not united with the positive vision of marriage and the family. Jesus corrected Moses. Dissoluble marriage is against its nature".—source: Toronto Catholic Witness.
3. Archbishop Derocher (CANADA): Women deacons.
“I think we should really start looking seriously at the possibility of ordaining women deacons,” he told CNS he had told the Synod. —Washington Post
4. Cardinal Erdo (HUNGARY): The mercy of God and conversion from sin.
Regarding the divorced and civilly remarried, a merciful, pastoral accompaniment is only right: an accompaniment, however, which leaves no doubt about the truth of the indissolubility of marriage taught by Jesus Christ himself. The mercy of God offers to sinners pardon, but demands conversion. The sin in this case does not lie first and foremost in whatever comportment which may have led to the breakup of the first marriage. With regard to that failure it is possible that both parties were equally culpable, although very often both are to some extent responsible. It is therefore not the failure of the first marriage, but cohabiting in the second relationship that impedes access to the Eucharist. “Many parties request that the attention to and the accompaniment of persons who are divorced and civilly remarried take into account the diversity of situations and be geared towards a greater integration of them into the life of the Christian community” (Instrumentum Laboris, 121). What impedes some aspects of full integration does not consist in an arbitrary prohibition; it is, rather, an intrinsic demand of varied situations and relationships, in the context of ecclesial witness. All this requires, however, a profound reflection.—CNA
As previous mentioned herein these precincts, the Synod, if being held for no other reason, is shining a light on and exposing all the wonky, limp, heterodox clerics inhabiting the house of Peter.

Wonkish Weporter

Fr. Thomas Rosica, English language spokesman for the Holy See Press Office and Salt+LightTV media founder, appears to have mastered the role of spin doctor. Or, perhaps it is more accurate to say that he has mastered the art of information abortionist, as in it appears he is manicuring, filtering and excising content that contradicts his own narrow liberal-religionist proclivities.

Cardinal Napier has taken to the Tweetosphere to challenge Rosica's myopic vision of the Synod and, for that matter, his limited vision of Christianity.

Not all Canadian representatives are as slippery as Fr. Rosica as made himself appear. Thomas Cardinal Collins, in whose diocese Rosica's media corporation conducts its business, has added his own orthodox views to the mix. Cardinal Collins' views echo Cardinal Napier's criticism of Rosica's truncated understanding of the Gospel.
Toronto Cardinal Thomas Collins spoke on a similar theme as Napier’s tweet during his intervention at the Synod this year, emphasizing the need to promote repentance and conversion while the Church accompanies people. He described his three-minute speech to Catholic News Service on Thursday.
"The truest compassionate mercy is a compassion that challenges," explained the cardinal. He said meeting people “where they are” comes first, "but that is only the first thing. The second thing is to help them become what God wants them to be."
"Just to have accompaniment as people are moving in the direction away from the Lord is not enough. We need to be with them in order to help people to follow our Lord,” he added.—LifeSiteNews.
In other words, God loves us for who we really are. He calls us to our authentic dignity in Jesus Christ. He calls us out of sin to newness of life in Jesus Christ, and He gives us the grace to grow in holiness, to grow in love and mercy, to grow in hope and joy and peace, a peace that only Jesus can give.

Fr. Rosica's handling of the media reins confirms his questionable attention to balanced reporting.


  1. It's beginning to look like the "reformers" have put all their eggs in the ultramontanist basket. To extend the galline metaphor, they're bringing the Vatican I chickens home to roost!

    It seems clear at this point that a majority or plurality of the Synod Fathers will reject the St. Gallen Mafia agenda--which means (going on the available evidence) that they will set themselves in opposition to the pope. And this will be extremely painful for them--these are men who have spent their entire careers in an age in which the power and personality of the pope has been magnified to an excessive degree, far beyond that envisaged by the Council Fathers of Vatican I. This outsized authority was all very well when the men occupying the papal office could be relied upon to be a steady hand on the tiller, and to provide an overpowering counterweight against the enthusiasms and abuses of the liberal wing of the Church.

    But so far in the Synod, the Holy Father has taken pains to emphasize that all this--the theologically problematic Instrumentum Laboris, the manipulation of synod rules, the committee stacking, the secrecy--is happening under his direct authority and supervision. There's simply no room left for the old (if implausible) wishcasting that these were all machinations of unscrupulous subordinates taking advantage of a well-meaning but naive pontiff. Nope. The pope is essentially ordering the bishops to buckle under to his authority, no matter where it takes them. In other words, he's attempting to enshrine Mottramism as the governing philosophy of the Church. L'Eglise, c'est moi!

    Will they? When you've spent your entire career deferring to the Holy Father in all things and extolling him as the gold standard of orthodoxy, what do you do when a pope appears intent on attenuating (or effectively nullifying) settled Church teaching on critical issues like matrimony, and has shown himself willing to game the system in order to do so? Do you continue to defer in all meekness? Or do you speak forthrightly, knowing that by doing so you will not only risk your position in the hierarchy, but also strike a blow against the very papal positivism that you have clung to like a life preserver, lo these many years?

    This will be an interesting couple of weeks.

    1. Interesting, indeed. Much prayer is needed.

      As for the Instrumentum Laboris, it is highly problematic, as the relatio of Circulus Anglicus D reminded us:

      "First, while various elements of the IL are admirable, we found much of the text to be flawed or inadequate, especially in its theology, clarity, trust in the power of grace, its use of Scripture and its tendency to see the world through overwhelmingly Western eyes. Second, we felt limited in our ability to respond by not knowing clearly who the audience of the document is. In other words, are we writing to the Holy Father, to families of the Church, or to the world?"—relatio of CA-D.

      On reflection, my thoughts immediately turn to the Holy Spirit. If the Synod attempts to force God's hand, there will be an intervention. Who can say what form it will take? Not I, that's for certain. The Spirit is constantly at work, at times shaping history with an "earthquake" or a subtle shifting of the furniture. We've been in delicate, difficult and disastrous situations before, and the Spirit has always bailed us out, so-to-speak. A reckoning is coming, and the buck stops at the Holy Father.

      The Spirit is raising up some magnificent voices—Chaput, Burke, Sarah, Pell, Erdo, Napier—whose words cannot be silenced by heterodox prelates because their words are the words of Christ. Woe to all who turn a deaf ear to the voice of God spoken through the Church's faithful sons.

      Thank you, Murray, for your comments!


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